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London’s Best New Restaurants & Bars: October 2018

London's Best New Restaurants & Bars: October 2018

Lead picture: BLACK COD & WAGYU at Zelman Meats, Soho

1 Caractère, Notting Hill
After months of anticipation, Caractère, the primary restaurant by husband and spouse group Emily Roux and Diego Ferrari, opens its doorways on four October.  tomorrow. Whereas most will probably be anticipating to see Emily – the daughter of the legendary Michel Roux Jr – in chef whites, it’s Diego within the kitchen as Head Chef, whereas Emily heads up entrance of home. Italian born Diego has been Head Chef at Le Gavroche for the previous three years. Caractère, which means ‘character’, encompasses what each Emily and Diego maintain dearest – lovely meals, heat environment and pleasant service – all delivered with actual character. Each cooks have been educated within the basic French means however their love for Italian meals can also be what has sure them, and it shines of their menu. On the idea of its namesake, Caractère, the menu is split into six character traits with as much as three dishes to select from in every part: Curious, with small plates and starters; Delicate, with vegetable-focussed small plates and starters; Delicate, with fish-based important programs; Strong, with Meat-based major programs; Robust – the cheese plates – and Grasping, the place you’ll discover dessert. With the Tasting Menu, you’ll be able to select a dish from every trait for £78pp, or you’ll be able to go a la carte.
209 Westbourne Park Street, Notting Hill W11 1EA; caractererestaurant.com

2 Teatulia, Covent Backyard
A singular mix of tea store, cocktail bar and literary salon, Teatulia will present Londoners a brand new approach to take pleasure in tea when it opens on 15 October in Covent Backyard. Teatulia would be the first tea store in London to have full possession of its provenance, with each leaf hand-picked within the Teatulia backyard in northern Bangladesh, a tea-growing area between Assam and Darjeeling. By day, Teatulia will serve six impeccable teas, for consumption at house or on website, whereas within the evenings it’s going to serve tea-based cocktails from a menu designed by Enrico Gonzato, from Dandelyan on the Mondrian Lodge (World’s Best Bar, 2017). The signature tea would be the Bengal Builder’s – a wealthy, darkish and daring mix, served with milk, almost as caffeinated as espresso on your morning cup (all teas are £three per cup or £5 per pot). The remainder of the tea menu will showcase the best examples of natural single-origin Inexperienced, Jasmine Inexperienced, Oolong, Ginger and Lemongrass. Enrico Gonzato’s drinks record for Teatulia will marry these teas inside a classy cocktail providing comparable to Builder’s Bourbon (Black Tea, Blackberries, Sugar, Recent Mint, Bourbon) and Chai Scorching-Buttered Rum (Chai Tea, Darkish Brown Sugar, Butter, Honey, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Spiced Rum). Delicate launch supply: From 1 October for 2 weeks you will get cups of tea for £1.50 or a pot for £2.50.
36 Neal Road, Covent Backyard WC2H 9PS; teatuliabar.com

three Wright Brothers, Soho
Wright Brothers, the seafood and oyster specialists, are relaunching their Soho restaurant on Thursday four October with a recent new look by Macaulay Sinclair, alongside newly curated food and drinks menus. The 82-cover restaurant, designed with social eating in thoughts, will mirror Sinclair’s signature modern fashion. A lovely captain’s desk will seat teams of eight and the primary eating room will function an enormous octopus mural on the ceiling by artist Peter Barber. The restaurant shall be furnished with bespoke fixtures resembling pendant mild fittings and marble counters, creating a contemporary and complicated really feel. Two outside terraces will probably be heated with inexperienced flora, lit candles and cosy blankets for year-round alfresco eating. Head Chef David Jones has created a brand new menu specializing in sharing and small plates, with dishes reminiscent of pan-fried pink mullet with an Asian slaw, and teriyaki cod collar with BBQ hispi cabbage. Wright Brothers classics just like the seafood platters and oysters will stay on the menu, alongside bigger plates like confit pork stomach, seared scallop and kimchi cabbage. You may as well order WB at House for assortment. Mushy launch supply: Get 50% off the meals invoice from Eight-10 October (to enroll see thewrightbrothers.co.uk).
13 Kingly Road & G7/ G8 Kingly Courtroom W1B 5PW; thewrightbrothers.co.uk

four Heads + Tails, West Hampstead
Launching in mid October in West Hampstead, Heads + Tails is a brand new late-night cocktail bar from Will Partridge (Wax Jambu, Kilburn Ironworks) and Chris Dennis (Sovereign Loss, Disrepute). A bar of contrasts, Heads will probably be a brilliant ethereal bar, serving mild cocktails, gins, wines and aperitivo, whereas Tails will probably be a darkish, atmospheric basement bar specialising in whiskies and rums. The location, previously one among West Hampstead’s longest standing nightspots, Recently, is now set to domesticate a brand new wave of trendy consuming areas in its village-like location on West Finish Lane. Shiny, with lofty ceilings and pure mild, the bottom flooring bar Heads has been designed with a cooling color palette, a marble-topped bar and full-length glass home windows at each the entrance and rear. There’s additionally a separate outside space. The cocktail menu options mild and refreshing vodka and gin-based twists on classics and modern libations. Downstairs, you’ll discover the darkish, moody Tails, with low ceilings, atmospheric darkish partitions, plush snug seating and a superbly heat strong wooden bar makes, alongside brief, daring choices based mostly primarily on bourbon, rum and Scotch.
175 West Finish Lane, West Hampstead NW6 2LH; headsandtails.bar

5 Flat Iron, King’s Cross
Self-taught butcher Charlie Carroll opens Flat Iron in King’s Cross on four October. Initially a pop-up in the summertime of 2012, Flat Iron’s unwavering thoughts set of doing a small variety of issues rather well has since garnered a cult following. Founder Charlie’s ‘learn to do it yourself’ strategy continues to drive their pursuit of creating nice steak out there to everybody. The ‘flat iron’ steak that Charlie’s eating places specialize in is taken from the usually underused feather blade of the animal. Flat Iron King’s Cross may even serve extra specialist cuts, together with the underblade fillet, tri tip and rump cap from Flat Iron’s personal Yorkshire herd of uncommon and native breed cattle. Charlie, who nonetheless loves to interrupt down entire sides of beef at his butchers block, works with third era beef farmer, Charles Ashbridge, to supply nicely completed examples of the most effective native breeds. These entire animals are then butchered on-site within the Covent Backyard restaurant. Alongside the meat dripping chips, there’ll be Wagyu Fries, cooked in wagyu fats, and made-to-order ice-cream customised with a number of toppings from Madagascan vanilla Chantilly cream to Italian wild Amarena cherry syrup.
47-51 Caledonian Street, King’s Cross N1 9BU; flatironsteak.co.uk

6 Sticks’n’Sushi, Kings Street, Chelsea
Sticks’n’Sushi opened their eighth UK restaurant, and their largest so far, on Kings Street in Chelsea on Monday 1 October. The focus of the 90-cover floor flooring shall be an open kitchen island with counter seating, the place you’ll be able to eat or simply take pleasure in a drink. Upstairs on the primary flooring, counter seating, low banquettes and tables will supply quite a lot of areas to find. The basement homes a a primary for the group – The Kings Room, a 26-seat ‘restaurant-within-a-restaurant’ personal eating room, outfitted with its personal kitchen, cocktail bar and devoted group. Sticks’n’Sushi’s serves freshly-made sushi and grilled yakitori, with a menu introduced as a ‘photo album’ that includes photographs of each dish, grouped into classes so you possibly can order intuitively. Sticks, sushi and sashimi may be ordered a la carte as particular person items, or as menus composed by Sticks’n’Sushi. Going Greener is a core philosophy at Sticks’n’Sushi, so vegetarian and vegan dishes have their very own devoted Inexperienced Card pages so you possibly can spot the plant-based dishes at a look.
113-115 Kings Street, Chelsea SW3 4NT; sticksnsushi.com

7 BLACK COD & WAGYU at Zelman Meats, Soho
BLACK COD & WAGYU, a brand new residency promising to make the eponymous luxurious meals reasonably priced, opened on Monday 1 October in Soho. Taking up the bar space of Zelman Meats in St Anne’s Courtroom, BLACK COD & WAGYU’s menu, developed by government head chef Olly Hen, options black cod cooked in miso and 200g Wagyu steaks for simply £15 every at lunch and £20 at dinner. Starters embrace Tiger Prawn Tempura, Lobster Croquetas, Scorching & Bitter Wagyu Beef Tartare, Tuna Tartare and Burrata, with aspect dishes resembling Som Tam Salad and Lobster Fried Rice. BLACK COD & WAGYU’s mission is to make premium meals that diners may ordinarily rule out as being too costly accessible and reasonably priced. However no corners will probably be minimize in delivering the highest-quality expertise; the room can be opulently adorned with large fish tanks and daring Japanese-inspired illustration, and the meals shall be superbly introduced on vintage-style china. Accommodating simply 30 covers, bookings are important and may be made by way of Instagram and on-line (taking reservations till no less than the top of 2018).
2 St Anne’s Courtroom (entry by way of Zelman Meats), Soho W1F 0AZ; blackcodandwagyu.com

Eight Nathalie, Hanover Sq.
Restaurateur and designer, Juan Santa Cruz will open his newest London enterprise, Nathalie – a revolutionary take-out spot in Hanover Sq. – in late October. Altering the face of London’s lunch scene, Juan – who together with his firm Santa Cruz is the mastermind behind the glamorous Casa Cruz in Notting Hill and stylish Mayfair restaurant, Isabel – will convey his distinctive aptitude to breakfast, lunch and dinner with an Artwork Deco vibe. If his beautiful Santa Cruz Co eating places are the high fashion, Nathalie is the ‘ready to wear’ for busy Londoners demanding wholesome gasoline on the go. Inside, the fashionable surrounds function Dalmatia marble that Juan personally sourced from Italy. Decide your sustainable Cruz Field, created from compostable plant-based materials, both by means of the trailblazing customized order app, or simply by strolling into the deli-style eatery. You may as well store for Santa Cruz way of life merchandise, from salt and pepper grinders to lovely cutlery units, napkins and oil-lamps.
7 Hanover Sq. W1S 1HQ; nathaliemayfair.london

9 Berenjak, Soho
Berenjak goals to reinterpret the basic hole-in-the-wall kabab homes lining the streets of Tehran when its opens in Soho on 23 October. Berenjak, named for the handfuls of crunchy toasted rice eaten as a snack at funfairs in Iran, is impressed by founder and chef Kian Samyani’s childhood, gathered across the eating desk together with his household, in addition to his expertise cooking at Gymkhana and Brigadiers. Kian will evoke the type of a country Persian kabab home, with an open kitchen, uncovered brick partitions, stained glass home windows and Persian-inspired mosaic lining the ground. Whether or not perched across the kitchen counter or one of many communal tables, you possibly can take pleasure in punchy small plates like blackened aubergine with whey, walnuts and dried mint, and a daily-changing Kuku (an omelette of seasonal herbs with whipped Westcombe ricotta). To comply with, take your decide from conventional kababs on freshly baked breads scorching from the tandoor, together with an entire poussin marinated in saffron, lemon and tomato, and tender minced child goat dish that’s a staple at each kabab home.
27 Romilly Road, Soho W1D 5AL; berenjaklondon.com

10 Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Data, Liverpool Road
Usain Bolt – treble Olympic hero and quickest man in historical past – is about to launch his Jamaican restaurant, bar and late lounge, Tracks & Data, on 10 October. Situated a couple of minutes’ stroll from Liverpool Road Station, Tracks & Data will providing an genuine slice of Jamaica, mixing daring flavours with sports activities memorabilia and a soundtrack of reside reggae and dub DJ units. Take pleasure in Bolt’s favorite dishes, resembling jerk hen and pork, and fried fish and bammy – all packed filled with genuine seasonings and spices. The rum bar, which options an in depth assortment of over 150 international rums, most of that are Jamaican, presents a variety of signature cocktails together with conventional favourites and a brand new vary all solely created for London. The venue is cut up throughout two flooring, with a trendy bar, dancefloor and membership downstairs, alongside a Jamaican-inspired chillout space to immerse visitors within the island’s vibes.
94 Middlesex Road E1 7EZ; tracksandrecords.com